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ISMAEL MATHAY SR.

HIGH SCHOOL

Branches Extension GSIS Village Proj. 8 Quezon City

“HE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”


By Victor Hugo

A Book Report Presented In

Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements in

ENGLISH III

Prepared and Submitted by:

MARY ANN GIME

III - LUKE

Submitted to:

MS. ISABELITA E. BENIPAYO

AUGUST 21, 2007

I. CONTENT
A. Dedication

I would like to dedicate this story I choose to people,


especially to those children who always feel ashamed to
themselves because of their physical appearance. Like
Quasimodo, he feels all the people that around him don’t like him
and he cannot do anything because he is just a poor man who
serves to the cathedral. But then he has a good heart like most
of the people who always feels down, most of them have a good
attitude and heart, they never think anything bad to those
people who tease them.

I would like also to dedicate this to those people who love


truly. Don’t be hesitating to tell her/him that you love him/her
because that’s the only way for her/him to k now that you love
him/her.

I am hoping that they will realize that they are also human
beings who have the right to lives freely and love by other.

B. Setting

In a Cathedral

C. Characterization

• Quasimodo - The not-so-average hero with a heart of


gold. He is the bell ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral. He
is physically deformed with a hunched back and is
constantly told by his guardian Judge Claude Frollo that he
is a monster who will never be accepted. However, the
opening song asks listeners to judge "who is the monster,
and who is the man".
• Esmeralda - A streetwise gypsy girl who befriends
Quasimodo and shows him that his soul is truly beautiful,
even if his exterior isn't. She greatly dislikes the horrible
ways in which gypsies are treated and throughout the
movie attempts to seek justice for her people.
• Judge Claude Frollo - A ruthless and corrupt judge who is
Quasimodo's reluctant guardian.
• Captain Phoebus - A man who returns to Paris to be
Captain of the Guard under Judge Frollo.
• Clopin - A mischievous gypsy who will defend his people at
all costs.
• Hugo, Victor, Laverne - Three gargoyle statues who
become Quasimodo's close friends.
• The Archdeacon - A kind man who helps many characters
throughout the course of the movie, including Esmeralda.

D. Summary

One night long ago, four Gypsies tried to enter Notre Dame
but were stopped by Judge Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice.
One gypsy woman, carrying a bundle, attempts to flee, but is
caught and killed by Frollo. Frollo then realizes that her bundle is
a deformed baby, which he attempts to drown in a well, believing
it is an unholy demon. He is stopped by the Archdeacon, who
tells him to care for the child to save his own soul from going to
Hell for killing an innocent woman. He reluctantly agrees,
naming the baby Quasimodo, "...which means 'half-formed.'"

Twenty years pass, and Quasimodo's deformities are


evident in his face and crooked back. For the past twenty years,
Frollo has locked him in the belltower to "protect" him from the
cruel and wicked world below. Frollo insists that Quasimodo
should not be among people as cruel as his mother, who
"abandoned" him, and that he obey Frollo's requests in order to
thank Frollo for taking him in and raising him as his son.
Quasimodo is watched over by his three guardian angels in the
form of stone gargyoles: Victor, Hugo (puns off of the name of
the author of the original book, Victor Hugo), and Laverne. On
January 6, the day of the "Festival of Fools", Frollo realizes
Quasi's desire to join the crowd, when, as they review his
alphabet, Quasimodo says the word "festival" for "F". Frollo
warns about how the world will reject him, but Quasimodo
dreams of joining them nevertheless ("Out There").

Meanwhile, Phoebus, Captain of the Guard, returns to Paris


after helping "the war effort" for many years. (The war is never
named.) He helps save a gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, from being
arrested before meeting Frollo. When Phoebus arrives at the
palace, the previous Captain of the Guard is being lashed- he
was "a bit of a disappointment" to Frollo. Unsurprisingly, this
unnerves Phoebus visibly. Frollo tells of his plans to kill the
Gypsies in Paris by destroying their sanctuary, known as the
Court of Miracles, saying, "The real war, Captain, is what you see
before you." As the Festival begins, the two of them head into
town to patrol the crowd. At the same time, Quasimodo sneaks
out of the tower in disguise and ends up right in the midst of the
festival, where Clopin and the Gypsies are performing ("Topsy
Turvy").

Amidst the festivities, Quasimodo briefly meets the


beautiful Esmeralda in her dressing room, and is fascinated by
her. When she dances on stage, Phoebus is fascinated as well,
and Frollo is attracted yet disgusted. When the time comes to
crown the ugliest member of the crowd as the King of Fools,
Quasimodo is dragged onto the stage by Esmerelda, who thinks
his face is a "great mask!". When she tries to remove it, the
reality is revealed. Clopin tells the crowd not to panic, and
crowns Quasimodo "King of Fools" (the humorous behavior of the
crowd leads Quasimodo to believe he is being honored).
Moments later, two of Frollo's soldiers throw tomatoes at
Quasimodo. The crowd is horrified at first, but soon joins in, tying
Quasimodo down. Despite Quasi's appeals for help, Frollo does
nothing but glare, much to the disgust of Esmeralda, who saves
Quasimodo from the crowd. Frollo orders her arrests for
disobeying his orders to leave Quasimodo where he is and she
uses stage magic to cause her to disappear. Frollo, on the other
hand, thinks her disappearance is real witchcraft. He orders a
city-wide search for Esmeralda, believing she is a witch, while an
ashamed Quasimodo promises never to disobey Frollo again.
When he returns to Notre Dame, Esmeralda, in disguise, follows
him inside.

Phoebus sees her and follows also. He flirts with Esmeralda


in the cathedral, although her pet goat, Djali, doesn't approve.
Frollo finds her but is unable to act because she has (supposedly)
claimed sanctuary- Phoebus told this lie to save her life-and is
supported by the Archdeacon. While alone, Esmeralda prays for a
better world for the gypsies, ("God Help the Outcasts"). She then
finds Quasimodo in the bell tower, and Quasimodo falls in love
with her because she is kind to him. He helps her escape Notre
Dame before singing of his love for her ("Heaven's Light").

Meanwhile, Frollo is disturbed by his own lust for Esmeralda


and fears eternal damnation as a consequence ("Hellfire"). When
informed that Esmeralda has escaped, he goes hunting for her in
and around the city. His guards and (a reluctant) Phoebus begin
burning down houses and arresting gypsies in a great hunt for
Esmeralda. When Frollo decides to burn down a windmill,
however, Phoebus refuses. Esmerelda, who is nearby, throws a
stone at Frollo's horse, causing it to rear up, throwing him to the
ground. Phoebus seizes his chance, and rides off, with the
Guards shooting at him- one eventually hits him, and he falls off
the horse and into the river. Left by Frollo for dead, Phoebus is
saved surreptitiously by Esmeralda. Meanwhile, in the cathedral,
the gargoyles reassure Quasimodo that Esmeralda returns his
love ("A Guy Like You"). Moments later, Esmeralda arrives and
asks Quasimodo to keep Phoebus safe; Quasimodo dislikes
Phoebus but agrees out of love for Esmeralda. He is then
heartbroken as Phoebus and Esmeralda kiss.

That night, Frollo arrives and tells Quasimodo that he is


going to storm the Court of Miracles the next morning with one
thousand soldiers. Quasimodo and Phoebus venture out and find
the Court to warn them, but they are believed to be spies and
are captured by Clopin and the Gypsy guards ("The Court of
Miracles"). Their "trial" and execution is stopped by Esmeralda,
but Frollo, having followed Quasimodo to the Court with soldiers,
arrives at the same time. Frollo orders Quasimodo to be locked in
the belltower and arrests everyone else, announcing that
Esmeralda will be burned at the stake the following day for
witchcraft.

The next day, to the seeming disgust of the large crowd,


Frollo is preparing to burn Esmeralda in front of the cathedral.
Quasimodo, his determination restored by the encouragement of
the gargoyles, breaks free of his chains and snatches her from
the pyre, taking her up to the belltower and claiming sanctuary.
Phoebus and the arrested Gypsies break free, incite the citizenry
against Frollo's unjust rule, and together, storm Notre Dame
against Frollo's men. Quasimodo also pours molten lead from
above to scare the guards away, but Frollo manages to break into
the cathedral, where he finds Quasimodo weeping over the
unconscious Esmeralda. Frollo attempts to kill Quasimodo,
promising to "end his pain," but Quasimodo fights back.

Quasimodo and the semi-conscious Esmeralda escape onto


the balcony, and Frollo follows. During the battle, Frollo tells the
truth about Quasimodo's origins and almost pulls Quasimodo
down from Notre Dame with his cape, but Quasimodo catches
himself and pulls Frollo down with him. Esmeralda grabs the
hunchback and tries to pull him up, while Frollo is able to swing
up and climb onto a gargoyle. The evil judge then prepares to kill
Esmeralda while he dramatically shouts, "And He shall smite the
wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit." (The expression
sounds vaguely biblical but is not actually from the Bible.) As
Frollo raises his sword, the gargoyle begins to come loose. Frollo
drops his sword, slips, and is able to catch himself, but when he
looks in the face of the gargoyle, it comes to life in his eyes and
changes into a devil-like dog, and he screams in terror. Finally,
the gargoyle breaks, and a screaming Frollo plummets to his
death into the molten lead below. Quasimodo falls from the tower
himself, but is caught and saved by Phoebus. Quasimodo then
"gives his blessing" to Esmeralda and Phoebus's relationship.

Esmeralda and Phoebus exit the cathedral, triumphantly. When the


cheering dies down, Esmeralda decides there's one last issue to resolve. Returning
to the cathedral, she brings Quasimodo outside and introduces him to the crowd.
The crowd is still wary of Quasimodo because of his appearance, but when a
young girl shows no fear of him, the crowd accepts and honors him with a
spontaneous parade, while Clopin sings a reprise of "The Bells of Notre Dame."
In the post-credit, Hugo is on top of the bell tower during the day alone, then
stares at the camera saying to the audience "Good night everybody. Woo-hoo-
hoo!!" thus breaking the fourth wall.

E. Reaction/Recommendation

Well, the story is indeed beautiful and enjoyable to


read. You will not bore while reading this story because each and
every scene has an extraordinary event.

I find it also an interesting story because I think it is not


only for children but also for adults because the lessons you will
get to the story is universal, meaning applicable for all.

Actually, when I first read it, it makes me feel blessed


because have a good physical appearance, there were no
deficiency or deformity in me. Unlike Quasimodo, a man
deformed and despised because of his appearance. But I really
learned a lot from this story, now I know that every words that
will come out to my mouth has a big effect to the people concern
and don’t judge the person by its appearance.

F. Biography

Victor Hugo
Victor-Marie Hugo (pronounced /vik'tɔʁ ma'ʁi y'go/ in French)
(26 February 1802 — 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist,
playwright, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights
campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the
Romantic movement in France.

In France, Hugo's literary reputation rests on his poetic and


dramatic output as well as his novels. Among many volumes of
poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand
particularly high in critical esteem, and Hugo is sometimes
identified as the greatest French poet. In the English-speaking
world his best-known works are often the novels Les Misérables
and Notre-Dame de Paris (sometimes translated into English as
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

Though extremely conservative in his youth, Hugo moved to the


political left as the decades passed; he became a passionate
supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of
the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

This article is about the novel. For the Disney film, see The Hunchback
of Notre Dame (1996 film).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, or Notre-Dame of Paris (in


French, Notre-Dame de Paris) is a novel first published on January 14,
1831 by the prolific French author Victor Hugo. It is set 1482 in Paris, in
and around the Cathedral.
The enormous popularity of the novel in France spurred the nascent
historical preservation movement in that country and strongly
encouraged Gothic revival architecture. Ultimately it helped to
preserve Notre Dame Cathedral, where much of the story is based, in
its contemporary state.